20 February 2012

An Unsanctified Knowledge of Christianity is a Dangerous Possession

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. (Mark 1:21-29)
Let us beware of an unsanctified knowledge of Christianity. It is a dangerous possession, but a fearfully common one in these latter days. We may know the Bible intellectually and have no doubt about the truth of its contents. We may have our memories well stored with its leading texts, and be able to talk glibly about its leading doctrines. And all this time the Bible may have no influence over our hearts, wills and consciences. We may, in reality, be nothing better than devils.
Let us take heed that our faith is a faith of the heart, as well as the head. We may go on all our lives saying, "I know that and I know that" and sink at last into hell with the words upon our lips. Let us see that our knowledge bears fruit in our lives.
It is one thing to say, "Christ is a Saviour." It is quite another to say, "Christ is my Saviour and my Lord." The devil can say the first. The true Christian alone can say the second.
-J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Mark 

1 comment:

  1. Amen, to know Jesus is not just about mental assent, it's fully surrendering ourselves to Jesus Christ on God's terms according to Scripture and embracing the cross through repentance.

    Many will say they "know" Jesus and I did that most of my life knowing all the stories and how to say the sinners prayer but that never saved me. It was not until I was fully empty and hopeless and had nothing to loose of myself and nothing to gain from this world that God in his grace reached down to me and gave me His Son. It was when I finally gave Him my life and came to know him personally as My Lord and Savior that I found out for the first time what Christianity is truly all about(having a personal intimate loving relationship with Jesus Christ). It was finally singing songs in Church and singing to a person whom I fell in love because he saved me with fullness of joy and not lip service anymore. I was an empty shell all my life until Jesus came in...

    A.W. Pink-“ with many it is because they are willing for Christ to save them from hell, but are not willing for Him to save them from self."


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